Sunday, May 29, 2011

Friday, May 27, 2011


We have a new addition to our family!!  Her name is Liz Taylor in honor of the great actress.  We call her Taylor and she is 8 months old today. She is a Standard Poodle, but will be a small one.  We got her last month.  It has been a year since we lost our dear Beau so it was time.  She is gorgeous and so well-behaved.  We love her so much.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Thanks, Ben!

Never waste any time you can spend sleeping.
--Professor Frank H. Knight, in class at the University of Chicago, 1936
(Frank Knight was a well known economist.)

I try to watch "Sunday Morning" on CBS every week.  One of their correspondents, Ben Stein (remember him on "Happy Days"?) last week commented on the subject of sleeping.  I was happy to see that he averages ten hours of sleep a night.  And he seems to be living a successful life!  Ben is not just an actor, but a writer, lawyer and economist (as was his father).

I am a champion sleeper known to sleep eleven or twelve hours at a time.  I usually average nine to ten hours.  After my sister and I had left home and Mom was left to do as she wanted, she was also a great sleeper.  I am like her in this regard and many others.  Strangely, my sister is not a champion sleeper and neither is my daughter.  Sometimes I am embarrassed by the fact that I am not an early riser.  Friends may call at 11:00 and say, "Did I wake you?"  Of all the people I know, most seem to be early risers.

My husband awakens at 4 or 5 a.m.  But, he is usually fighting sleep at 7 p.m.  I like to go to bed late and sleep late.  Now that I heard Ben Stein's positive comments about sleeping, I will no longer feel guilty or embarrassed.  Thanks Ben!




Friday, March 18, 2011


It has been a long time since I have written an entry on this blog, but here it goes.  Things have been super busy since my last post five months ago.  My husband and I have moved, he has had two surgeries (as a result of his fall off his boat last spring) and I have been re-nesting our townhouse.  I like to decorate but I have been doing this in bits and spurts.  It would be nice if money were no object!  I do have lots of "stuff" to work with, though.  We moved from a sizeable house with a large yard and lots of trees to a townhouse in a community with NO trees and no yard.  We actually like this new place - slightly smaller - with a different room configuration.  I find that I greatly miss my yard and trees, though.  The upkeep here is easier and utility bills are more reasonable.

Spring is just around the corner and today in southern coastal Delaware it is supposed to reach 70 degrees.  I am leaving for the beach (10 minutes away) to take a walk by the ocean.  My walks are usually "head-down" looking for shells or beach glass.  When I moved here in 1992 one thing I noticed was that there were not a lot of shells on the beaches.  I remember the New Jersey beaches having lots of shells, including large clam shells which we would gather and paint when I was a little girl.  I have heard that the beaches there have less shells than they used to have also.

So long for now.  Hopefully, I will keep up with my blogging a little better than I have recently.



UPDATE:  Returned home from the beach.  Walked a mile 80 degrees - lots of people of all ages, dogs, kites.........but no seashells.  Got to my car, decided to get out and take a picture with my cell phone, my car locked automatically with my keys inside.  Had to call my husband to go home, get my spare keys and bring them to me.   Still - what a nice day!

Thursday, March 17, 2011